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into three suspicious overnight car fires in san francisco. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san bruno. federal investigators on the scene of last week's deadly explosion and fire here. we're going to be talking to the vice chairman of the ntsb, get some answers to the questions coming up. >> also the eye of a camera could be the answer to more peace between police and the public. i'm theresa garcia live in oakland. we'll let you know more about a camera project in the works here in the city. >> and marin county supervisors call for a review of when deputies and use tasers after an abc 7 report. >> here's a look from downtown san francisco. the clouds a little lower and they have more moisture in them so expect some drizzle this morning but warmer weather this afternoon and i'll update you on the chance of rain. >> an update on the cash paying lanes at the toll plaza. everything looking good around the bay area. >> it's 6 a.m. this wednesday morning. thank you for waking up early and joining us.
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i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. topping our news, governor schwarzenegger will arrive in san bruno for a first-hand look at the damage done by the san bruno fire. pg&e facing new questions how long it took to shut off gas after the blast. terry mcsweeney has the vice chairman with him right now to address those questions. >> i'd like to address that question you just brought up, kristen. the problem seems to have been that the pg&e couldn't get that gas shut off in the most timely fashion. what was the problem and what are you looking at? >> we're developing a time line regarding that issue because one of the issues we've been looking at is the response time to situations like this. 1982 there was an accident in san francisco and we investigated and there were some recommendations regarding making sure that the first responders were properly trained to do the right thing and making sure the
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valves were still operable and had been recently exercised. >> as far as the investigation, what kind of answers or is it too early? >> it's too early to know but those are the issues we're looking at. >> as far as our viewers, people see that fireball from last week's explosion and word gets out about how many gas lines, aging gas lines are out there in neighborhoods. what can you say to people to assure them -- or can you assure them the chance of this happening are extremely slim or something is being done about this? >> we investigate eight or ten pipeline accidents a year. having them in a densely populated residential area is very rare. that's one of the issues we're looking at because more and more we're seeing situations where large pipelines were put in areas like this in 1956 that were not densely populated but are now. we'll look at that issue. >> one last question. ntsb investigators, what exactly
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are they going to be doing? are they out there on the scene shifting through ashes? >> yesterday we visited the milpitas control station that controls the flow of gas. today we'll be visiting other control stations as well as looking at the valves that immediately adjacent to this site that needed to be closed will be also starting the interviewing of witnesses. >> real briefly, at the milpitas flow station, what are you looking at there? >> we want to get excruciating detail how the system works, how well the people are trained who work it, their background and experience, all aspects of what happened day. we'll do an exhaustive look at the details. >> christopher hart, thank you for being with us live. you mentioned the governor coming out here today this afternoon to take a look for himself. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. 6:03. national gas pipeline safety will be a very big topic in congress this morning. an east bay congressman says
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he'll be asking some tough questions in the wake of the san bruno fire. the previously scheduled hearing on pipeline safety begins at 7:00 this morning in washington. he'll ask the house transportation and infrastructure committee to focus on the san bruno fire as they question a dozen investigators about the safety of high-pressure gas lines in urban areas. >> it's 6:04. right now in san francisco, arson investigators are examining three suspicious car fires in three very different parts of the city. the first happened just before 11:30 near the rv park at scandal stick point. the second after 1:00 in the morning at 25th and harrison. the third happened 2:30 a.m. on the 1400 block of sell by. nobody was hurt at those fires. >> police have two suspects in custody as they investigate a fatal shooting and assault on two people inside a bayview district home. it happened when two suspects knocked on the front door of a
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house. the man who opened the door got into an argument with the suspects. investigators say the fight turned physical and one of the suspects shot and killed the man at the door. a second victim inside the house was assaulted and taken to the hospital. >> wearing camera on their uniforms, a device that some call a win/win but others consider a privacy threat. theresa garcia is live in the oakland police department. >> many concerned about privacy rights worry about innocent bystanders being recorded but there are others who say the benefits shine much brighter and this is in the sense it could encourage professional behavior, also clarify any allegations of police misconduct and perhaps provide evidence of crimes or even attacks against officers. the oakland police department has announced a plan that it wants to purchase 350 of these wearable cameras plus the
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equipment to download the video recorded. the small devices clip on the officer's uniform, slide open and begin recording. each has an internal hard drive. the end of the day the video is downloaded to a server. they were tested over the summer and the chief has recommended the units to the city council's safety committee saying they'll improve officer safety. >> not only police safety but citizen interaction. a way for me to monitor our customer service and giving the best service and following up. >> one of those things that can keep policemen a bit more under control. >> well, some critics wonder about the effectiveness such as will the devices always be turned on. the police department says all officers will be properly trained to make sure the devices are recording. these clip-on cameras will replace the ones mounted on police cars. they're expected to record better as well as be less expensive.
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money could be used to buy these cameras. a total cost of $540,000. a vote by council is expected on these cameras by the end of the month. live in oakland, theresa garcia, abc 7 news. >> all right, theresa, thank you. a marin county supervisor is calling for a review of the sheriff deputy's protocol using tasers. that follows the tasing of a wood acre man inside his own home. this video is from a camera mounted on a deputy's taser. the man had just been treated by paramedics following a fall when two deputies and arriveded on the scene. they tasered him three times when he refused to go with them to the hospital. >> craigslist will break its silence on its decision to remove its adult services section during a hearing on capitol hill. jackie spear and colleagues on the subcommittee are investigating domestic minor sex
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trafficking. they have long expressed concerns about prostitution on craigslist and have followed suit to force removing. they shuttered it this month and posted the word sensored over the link. we expect to hear from people who have been harmed by craigslist. >> we'll get a check on the forecast. had to use the wipers a couple of times coming into work. >> let's check with mike and see where you'll find it most. >> mainly the higher elevations around the bay. coming from the caldecott across the bay bridge, found some there. those areas and along the bay shore also. what we're dealing with are temperatures this morning that are in the 50s. in fact, let's take a look at those temperatures. you can see most of us are in the mid to upper 50s. low 50s livermore, novato and santa rosa.
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52 napa. 58 in oakland. let's take a look at the 24 hour change. notice it's a little cooler the north bay, novato 4 degrees cooler to about 4 degrees warmer in antioch. the rest of us pretty close to where we started off tuesday. this hump day wednesday, a look at our temperatures and sky conditions at 8:00. mostly cloudy with most of us still in the low it mid-50s. nonwe'll notice the clouds break in the valleys first. that's why we see 70s santa rosa, the east bay valleys and san jose. mid-60s around the bay with even a 59 san francisco. by 4:00 mostly sunny everywhere. upper 60s to low 70s through the bay. mid-70s in the south bay, the north bay and upper 70s in the east bay valley. accu-weather seven-day forecast, check out tomorrow. a lot like today. more clouds and cooler weather friday. chance of rain saturday. mainly the north bay and along the coast lingering to sunday morning. hi, frances. >> hi, mike. the biggest trouble, the
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drizzle. no accidents this morning. it's been a nice quiet ride and good start to the morning. here's a look at the oakland maze. traffic flowing well in all directions. heading towards the bay bridge. we're looking south now at the oakland maze. let's check out the golden gate bridge for you coming out of marin county. no problems but you can see the fog across the span as you make your way into san francisco where you definitely need to use your wipers. across the san mateo bridge there was early morning road work on 92 on both ends but that's all cleared. everything looking good and flowing well in both directions. eric, kristen. >> thank you. 6:10. >> one opens but two close. the safe way store swap coming from one south bay city. >> plus a tea party party. the big win giving new momentum to the growing political movement. >> and new details to what formerly
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cane sugar, your body can't tell the difference. >> they want to rename corn syrup to corn sugar. the industry's already using it in ads like this one. what may seem like a silly marketing ploy has worked in the past. you probably have some canola oil in your cabinet. it used to be called low rap seed oil. that's enough. same story for prunes. you remember that sales went up when the names went from prunes to dried plums. >> i notice you can't find prunes in the store anymore. it's dried plums. the tea party is celebrating another series of victoriless during last night's primaries. in delaware christine o'donnell beat nine-term representative mike castle to win the republican party senate nomination. castle was backed by the gop while o'donnell had the backing
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of sarah palin. political newcomer beat party established candidate in the gop governor's race. a race in new york, democratic voters renominated long-time congressman charlie rangel. current i houseth things committee is investigating 13 counts of violations involving rangel. >> sarah shourd will undergo a full medical exam today. she was released yesterday after someone posted a half million dollar bail. her mother says she has a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells. shourd and two others were all arrested a year ago. >> it is 6:16 now. time for a look at the weather forecast. starting with a little mist and drizzle. i assume it's going to go away.
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>> it will. while you're looking for prunes. >> i'd like to know what's in supermarketing everywhere. (laughter) >> we'll talk about that. >> dried plums, by the way. >> either way they're delicious no matter how you say it. a look outside. eric nailed it on the head. we have mist and drizzle mainly away from the east bay valleys which is what we're looking at right now from ballmer peak to diablo. a lot of the mist around the bay and higher elevations around the bay and also the coast. let's talk temperatures then. if you are stepping outside, dress for the 50s. as we look towards the monterey bay, we have cloudy conditions with low to mid-50s. sunshine, it is rolling in this afternoon. actually have warmer air moving in now. that's what's bringing us the extra moisture for the drizzle this morning. once we get that sunshine, it will lead to a warmer day today. a cooling trend begins friday as that cold front moves through
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the bay area or gets close enough on saturday. it's going to bring our best chance of rain into the north bay and along the coast and that will taper on sunday. for highs today, mid to upper 70s, maybe 80 los gatos. 76 san jose. on the peninsula low it mid-70s. we'll flirt with 60 degrees all along the coast. downtown south san francisco, sausalito, pockets of sunshine. mid to upper 60s for you. mid to upper 70s through the north bay valleys. even 80 santa rosa. even down to about 73 san rafael. near 50 -- near 60 i should say at your beaches with pockets of sunshine. richmond, berkeley, oakland, low to mid-70s. sunshine in the east bay valleys and low to mid-80s today. inland morgan hill, low 80s. a little more comfortable monterey, carmel. tonight you see the cloud cover moving back. a little drizzle possible once
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again. low to mid-50s in the north bay valleys with mid to upper 50s for the rest of us. what we're watching upstairs, same thing we talked about on monday. this area of low pressure sitting here spinning. but before it gets here, this high pressure is moving in. this small ridge is what will bring us the warmer weather today and tomorrow. the clouds thicken out ahead of the system by friday and into saturday rain starting to move into the north bay. get up to a half inch in some of the higher elevation by the time it end sunday. the temperatures about 10 degrees cooler over the weekend, also. hi, frances. >> hi, mike. i believe you can still get prune juice at the supermarket. a live shot of the 101 and 880 interchange. headlights move northbound on 101. are great morgan hill to the peninsula. check out 280 and the south bay. that's northbound 280 in san jose and 17 right across your screen. you can see things are flowing
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well. there is road work still going on on the peninsula. 280 lanes are scheduled to be blocked through san bruno until 7:00 this morning but not causing much of a slowdown for anybody. things looking good northbound heading in towards san francisco. check out 101 in the north bay as well. drive time 9 minutes from novato towards 580. there is a slight backup at the bay bridge toll plaza but has been reduced and only for the cash-paying lanes. a very minor wait. you can find out the latest but going to abc7news.com. it's under the bay area traffic link. >> what defines a family? depends who you ask. americans are more and more recognizing unmarried couples, gays and straights as families. people are also including pets more often. a majority include in their definition a family. the definition is important because it affects some income
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tax filings, adoption, employee benefits and, of course, the debate over same sex marriage. >> 6:20. coming up a twist for you tweeters out there. >> that's right. the new look coming to one of the internet's most popular
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>> twitter with a new look. split into two panes. the left side has a familiar time line from tweets with people you follow. the right side room for photos, video, maps and user profiles. you don't have to leave the time
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line to see these. twitter hopes the change will compel people to linger on the site longer and come back more quickly. >> one of the big buzz words in cellphones these days is apps. the topic so hot san francisco holding an app development conference. it appears app use may not be big. a release this morning found while 82% of adults have cellphones, only 35% have apps and only 24 use those apps. 11% said they didn't even know what an app was. in fact, of all the non-voice-related things people do with cellphones, app use ranked dead last. what topped the list of related things to do with your cellphones, guess. >> taking pictures. >> taking pictures. how did you know? >> those numbers are gonna change a lot in the next year.
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6:25 our time. still ahead at 6:30, new trouble for toyota. >> the admission that has some questioning the company's explanation for so-called acceleration problems. >> a very big changing made to its website. >> i'm terry mcsweeney live in san bruno. federal investigation on the scene investigating last week's deadly explosion and fire here. what are they doing in different parts of the bay area? for example, milpitas yesterday at gas control stations. >> thanks to our clouds and drizzle, flight arrival delays into sfo 42 minutes. flight departure delays out of houston.
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>> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. ♪ good morning. 6:30. trading is getting underway on wall street. stock futures slipped as investors enthusiasm drove stocks higher this month appears to be waning. a new report indicating growth and manufacturing activity in new york slowed this month. the latest from the new york stock exchange. >> governor schwarzenegger will get his first look at the damage done by the san bruno fire. they have a better handle on the residents that reported a gas smell before the explosion. our terry mcsweeney has been speaking with ntsb officials and joins us with the latest.
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>> so many people have been telling the media they smelled natural gas out here a couple days before last week's explosion. some saying a couple of weeks before. the ntsb has taken a look at pg&e complaint e-mails and found just one reporting the smell of natural gas. that was weeks before the explosion and pg&e responded to that complaint. investigators also pointing out that they have taken a big section of that ruptured pipe back to washington d.c. to determine if it gradually wore away or if it was a sudden event that caused it do give away. ntsb also looking into shut-off volume -- valves. this pipe did not have them. investigators were in milpitas yesterday. >> we wanna get excruciating detail how the system works, how the people are trained to work it, their background and experience, all aspects what
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happened that day. we'll being done an exhaustive look at the details regarding that station. >> ntsb also asking for the public's input on this situation. they have received 90 e-mails so far, some saying that -- some people have seen dead vegetation near the pipe. some offering help, some saying thank you for being out here. also did pg&e follow the recommendations from a 1981 incident, downtown san francisco which caused massive evacuations when a gas leak happened there. there were problems turning off the gas that time. it took two hours to shut off the valve manually. a lot of questions remain. answers may soon be on the way. live in san bruno, terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> terry, thank you. the families hardest hit by the fire finally got a chance to go home, even though many have nothing left to return to.
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yesterday they put on life-protective suits and walked on to their property for the first time. one woman stood silently more than a minute as she pondered the ruins of her home. others found most of their personal property intact. they were given just one hour to retrieve their most precious belongings. one fire victim doubts he'll come back. >> whether we're comfortable moving back in? >> that's a whole different story. my wife and children ran screaming barefoot from the house, ran down the street with a fireball behind them. hard to bring the kids back to this neighborhood. >> authorities have now identified all four people killed in the fire. 81-year-old elizabeth torres lived at claremont drive just yards from the blast site. also killed were torres' neighbors on claremont, jacqueline and her 13-year-old daughter and 20-year-old jessica morales visiting her boyfriend on earl avenue watching a football game. >> here are the latest numbers on the devastation in san bruno. four people are confirmed dead,
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three are still missing. the explosion and fire destroyed 37 homes and significantly damaged 19 others. so far 320 residents have been allowed to return home. >> san francisco police have two suspects in custody this morning following a fatal shooting and assault on two people inside a bayview district home. it happened after 11:00 last night when two suspects knocked on the front door of a house. the man who opened the door got into an argument. the quarrel turned physical and one of the suspects shot and killed the man at the door. a second victim inside the house was assaulted and taken to the hospital. >> a 72-year-old man is recovering after being beaten during a home invasion in mountainview. it happened just after 9:00 yesterday morning. several armed men stormed into his home on phyllis avenue, beat him and tied him and his caretaker up. investigators are now trying to determine if this is tack is
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linked to you other home invasions in palo alto and menlo park over the past few months athe san jose city council is recommending a proposed high-speed rail crossing downtown be put aboveground. the council voted 9-2 in favor of the aboveground plan with the stipulation they have some control over the design. the below ground proposal would have cost five times that much. the mayor fears the rail authority could ultimately insist on an elevated station and thinks san jose should put language in now to give the city some leverage. >> we're looking at perhaps putting right of way into the project, in the southern part of san jose. they want that. and so i think we can negotiate for some additional control over what they build in the city. >> in some places the tracks will be 90 feet in the air. it will take between 3 to 5 years to build and is expected to cost a half billion dollars. >> this morning craigslist will break its silence to remove its adult services section.
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the explanation will come in a very public forum. >> eric, in just a few hours representatives from craigslist will be testifying in front of the house judiciary subcommittee on the topic of child slavely and prostitution. jackie spear from california and human rights organizations are scheduled to testify. earlier this month they shut down their adult services section and posted the word sensored. they refused to say why they did that, whether it felt pressure from critics. the company received numerous complaints that includes a group of 18 state attorney generals that allow ads that lead to violence. most ads are free but adult ads cost $10 apiece, generating $36 million in revenue. craigslist increased screening of these ads after a man in new england killed one woman and attacked two others he contacted
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through the website. erotic sections remain open on craig list sites and other nations will be following the hearing closely and we'll bring you the latest at 11 a.m.. >> thanks, jenelle. >> it is 6:37 now. time for a look at our weather this morning starting with a little drizzle. >> yeah. you can tell, right. quite a bit actually right there, mike. >> not quite measurable but enough to run the windshield wipers a little. warmer air is starting to move into the bay area and that warmer air is going to increase our temperatures i should say about 1 to 6 degrees today depending where you live. so let's find out some of the cities. like 1 degree warmer in oakland today, concord, fremont, san francisco, san jose 2 degrees warmer airer. let's break down how these temperatures get there and the cloud cover which is thick through 8:00. all of us cloudy with temperatures stuck in the 50s and flight arrival delays into
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sfo at least 45 minutes. by noon we start to see sunshine break out, especially the valleys. 70s santa rosa, east bay valley, san jose, morgan hill with mid to upper 60s around the bay. upper 50s half moon bay and san francisco. those areas will be in the upper 50s along the coast. sunshine around san francisco and oakland. low to mid-70s through the bay and south bay. same with the north bay but upper 70s to near 80 in the east bay valley. accu-weather seven-day forecast, more of the same tomorrow. temperatures drop nearly 4 degrees on friday and a chance of rain best along the coast in the north bay saturday. good morning, frances. keeping quite busy outside. >> i have three new developing hot spots. one of them a sigler has been issued by chp which means it will be out there a while and could slow things for drivers heading towards martinez. southbound 680, saying as you make your way off the bridge near the off-ramp, there's an injury crash and a sigler has been injured. the off-ramp is blocked and
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we'll find if lanes on 680 are blocked. you may want to consider carquinez bridge as an alternate. there's a motorcycle injury accident westbound 4 at hill crest blocking lanes. and then the heaviest traffic is actually right after that from hill crest out towards summersville where traffic is moving at 10 mph. you'll find an injury crash coming through the altamont pass, westbound 580 grand line. traffic is heavy but this one is off to the shoulder. check out the bay bridge toll plaza. metering lights were turned on. this is interstate 80 in berkeley getting there. here's the toll plaza. metering lights were turned on. also a stall past the metering lights. things backed up to the 880 overcrossing. >> frances, thank you. it's 6:39. >> a live report from the new york stock exchange straight ahead. a live look at the big board. the dow down 27 points. >> also need to run an errand but don't have the time or energy? a new company says what you need
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♪ welcome back on this hump day. 6:43. the california forecast shows clouds along the coast, 63 eureka, 66 big sur. more sunshine around the coast, l.a. and san diego with 70 degree temperatures there. not bad in sacramento, 84. a little warmer chico, fresno. sunshine everywhere but the coast and that does include the sierra. 74 tahoe.
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here's eric. >> our time now 6:43. toyota is admitting the company has a software glitch that has affected its ability to get acura data from its cars black data boxes. according to the l.a. times, the device used to read the corder could give incorrect information on speed but officials say that did not affect readings for pedal and brake application. the company recalled 8 million cars worldwide because of acceleration problems but now the auto giant says half the cars tested the brakes had not been applied suggesting the driver made a mistake. toyota is asking a federal court to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits filed by drivers. >> the bay area may be on track to become the electric car hub of the nation. according to the vallejo herald, officials are close to a deal to open an assembly plant in venetia. it would join fremont in the latest city ramping up to build electric cars. tesla announced it would open a
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plant in fremont. >> are you willing to pay to have sun run your nuisance errands or do you have a car, spare time and urge to make extra money. a new web side designed for people with either or both urges called task rabbit. >> i have about five items here in bags and boxes. >> laura wants to run a few bags of old clothes to the good will. >> and put the cash in an envelope. just bring that through the gate. >> she also wants to cash in a bag of coins at a nearby supermarket. but she doesn't want to do it herself so joshua leavitt is going to run her errands while she stays at home and works on the commute. their connection came through this website called task rabbit.
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>> i'd never hire a personal assistant, someone my age, that would be awkward. i can't afford it. but just getting an extra pair of hands every now and then can help me knock things off my to-do list. >> she posted a job and how much she's willing to pay for it. official runners then issue counterbids for the job. josh may say i'll do it for $10 an hour plus expenses. if the price is right, commerce. >> a better use of my free time than not making money so i figure why not. >> josh is among the 70% of task rabbit runners who are underemployed or unemployed. getting to be a runner involves an interview and a background check so the customers feel safe and as though they got their money's worth. >> the reputation system makes me feel safer to trust people in my home. if ten other people used someone and said this is a neighbor, someone in your community out there making an extra buck, why
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should i think they're going to try to cheat me or take something from me, right? >> task rabbit is not the first website to advertise such a service. craigslist has done it for years. the difference is the background check which is designed to make people who use the service feel safer, especially women who maybe home with their children. >> you're right. let's take a look at other business news. a toy recall involving chuckie cheese and getting mixed signals on the housing market. >> jane king with our "moneyscope" report this morning. >> hi, eric and kristen. good morning to you. let's start with chuckie cheese recalling a million light-up rings and toy eyeglasses. the problem is loose batteries from the toys have been getting stuck in children's noses and also swallowed by children. the toys were anded out at apparent teaching conventions. the housing market nationwide
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home price reductions in september hit the highest level of the year, still some signs of firming up in the housing market in the bay area with the number of home sellers that cut prices actually falling in san francisco. and falling even more in san jose. a bunch of tech stocks to watch today. google plans to launch a new social net working feature to its website. that would put google back in the game. it's been losing its audience to facebook.com lately. microsoft will preview its new internet explorer that beefs up software support and loads packages faster. that may help is regain market shares. stocks this morning, we are here today with the dow, s & p, nasdaq all seeing some moderate losses hire. we have a weaker than expected report on new york area manufacturing. and bloomberg silicon valley index is trading just a slight bit lower as well. a new study says there's a way to keep the state's economy from going up in smoke, that is
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provide coverage to help people quit smoking. the american lung association found in california a smoker pays more than five bucks for a pack of cigarettes but ends up costing the state more than five times that amount. that includes the cost of lost workplace productivity and medical expenses. the state would provide coverage to help people quit smoking. could save $84 million a year. i'm jane king, bloomberg news. >> jane, thanks a lot. california's economy is expected to grow very slowly with high unemployment keeping the state a year or longer from a speedier recovery. that's the quarterly forecast released this morning from ucla. the state is unlikely to generate enough jobs to tug unemployment down to single digits until the end of 2012. the report found the state has recorded steady growth imports and exports. but it also notes while bay area employment numbers have held
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steady, inland parts of the state continue to experience job losses. >> before you head out you may encounter mist and drizzle on part inform your journalty to work or school. >> kind of moist but that's the warmer weather that's starting to roll over the marine layer. clouds kind of injecting that cold deck of clouds with moisture and can't hold it so it drops it on us. we're above the fray this morning. a beautiful sunrise about to take place if you're above 2200 feet. good luck. here's 6:50 this morning, not too many of us live above that, do we. let's talk about temperatures where we live and all of us in the 50s this morning. same thing with the same type of sky conditions around the monterey bay and inland to gilroy and salinas. highlights, afternoon sunshine and slightly warmer weather today. we'll see more clouds and a cooling trend begins friday. that cold front starts near our neighborhoods. a chance of rain in our weekend forecast. the best chance for measurable rain will be in the north bay
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and along the coast and will fall on saturday. that's our best chance. 5:00 this morning through 7:00, you see the clouds increasing around all of our neighborhoods. by noon around the bay with the rest of the coast still pretty cloudy and sunshine for the inland valleys. some of us will hit 80, 70, 60s around the bay and the coast. let's throw those temperatures out and start in the east bay where it's warmest with sunshine low to mid-80s. the usual suspect in the mid-60s, richmond, berkeley, oakland. low to mid-70s elsewhere. even castro valley 75. cupertino 75. about 76 san jose, campbell around 77. low to mid-70s on a mostly sunny peninsula today with palo alto about 73. mainly cloudy along the coast and near 60. downtown south san francisco and sausalito partly and mid-60s to upper 60s. near 80 through the north bay
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valleys. around the monterey bay, santa cruz, watsonville see sunshine and low to mid-70s there. carmel mid-60s and plenty of sunshine inland. gilroy and hollister low to mid-80s. dodgers stay pace with the padres. patchy fog and breezy. temperatures running low to mid-50s north bay valleys. mid to upper 50s for the rest of us. all is quiet but as this cold front draws near, you see it pushing the rain through most of the next two days into oregon. by friday into saturday watch out along the coast and north bay. that's when that chance of rain starts to roll in. for all of us 10 degrees cooler by sunday. >> quite a few hot spots. start with a sigler issue for this accident. an injury crash in martinez. the marina vista off-ramp will be blocked for a while. maybe folks are slowing down to take a look at it or trying to
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figure out an alternate route. you may want to get off at author and they will get you through martinez. heading out of solano county, right now the drive time 16 minutes from venetia bridge to highway 24. you may want to consider the carquinez bridge to the maze. the other hot spot a motorcycle crash. traffic remains heavy from there all the way out towards summersville. the earlier injury accident at the altamont pass is now blocking a lane. the drive time has increased to half an hour from 205 to 680. slow at the bay bridge toll plaza. things backed up to the foot of the maze. and also in the north bay a new crash just came in reported southbound 101 in san rafael. that one's off to the shoulder. you can always get the latest by going to our website on abc7news.com. you'll find the bay area traffic link under abc 7 extras. kristen. >> frances, thanks. 6:53. state health officials are
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reporting yet another baby who died from whooping cough. the 9th victim of the epidemic this year is another southern californians. this a two-month hold. it causes severe coughing spells but hard to diagnose because early symptoms are mild. do not delay treatment. 36 cases of infection row reported in california this year. >> a jockey remains critical but stable after his spinal cord was severed, a time when he and his fiancee are expecting their first child anyday. michael martinez was riding fair and warmer when he was thrown from the horse and then the horse fell on him. martinez is a rising talent at golden gate fields. he ranks 13th in north america and trainers say he was riding his way to a triple crown race. >> no telling how great this kid was gonna be.
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i mean, he was far above the ordinary -- your ordinary jockey. >> martinez is paralyzed from the waist down. doctors tell the daily racing form that martinez is a prime candidate for embryonic stem cell therapy to regenerate his severed spine. he may just get on his saddle and ride again. >> the investigation into the san bruno explosion and fire is taking federal officials to other parts of the bay area. >> terry mcsweeney is live with details. >> the ntsb investigators spanning out the san bruno blast site to other parts of the bay area to take a look at gas control stations. the ntsb is looking at the aftermath of the blast and the fire that killed four people and destroyed and damaged dozens of homes last thursday evening. the 56-year-old pipe that gave way did not have automatic shutoff valves that respond to a drop in pressure.
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the gas flow had to be shut off manually and took two hours. the investigators are checking out the gas control stations in the bay area. they were in milpitas making sure people are trained properly and equipment is maintained. the section of pipe that erupted is in washington d.c. to be inspected carefully to find out what caused it do give away. as for customers that reported gas, they said they smelled gas before the blast. ntsb looked at e-mails received by pg&e. e-mails, not phone calls. they say they found one person three weeks ago reporting the smell of gas and that pg&e responded to that call. investigation continues. terry mcsweeney, abc 7 news. >> checking other top stories this morning. oakland police are a step closer to wearing clip-on video cameras on their uniforms. the small cameras were tested by some officers over the summer. chief anthony bass recommended the cameras and is passing it on to the full city council.
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a vote of buying 350 is expected at the end of the month. >> before we go, one final look at weather and traffic. >> sunshine in the bay noon or 1:00. cloudy along the coast with 61 half moon bay. you can see low to mid-70s most of the bay, mid-70s the south bay. maybe up to 80 santa rosa with napa 75 and low to mid-80s in the east bay valleys. expect more of the same tomorrow with that chance of rain over the weekend. >> final check bay bridge toll plaza backed up to the foot of the maze because of an earlier stall and better news in martinez with earlier accident just cleared this past minute. southbound 680 the marina vista off-ramp open. antioch a motorcycle injury crash at hill crest. >> thank you very much, frances. and thank you for joining us for the abc 7 morning news. >> we'll be back with a local update at 7:22. join us for the midday news at
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